Hines Ward, Wide Receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and one of the leading contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars", was restrained - Handcuffed in fact - during a traffic stop early Thursday morning in L.A..

The Pittsburgh Steelers star, 35, and the female driver of the car were briefly handcuffed after police believed the Honda Civic they were in was stolen, says TMZ.com. In fact, the driver herself had reported the car stolen, and had failed to alert police when she recovered it.

Both Ward and his companion were placed in handcuffs, though they were not arrested. After explaining the situation, they were allowed to leave. Law enforcement sources told TMZ.com that Hines was VERY cooperative and understanding about the situation.